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Measuring progress, true wealth, and well-being

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On these pages you can find a non-technical introduction to basic information and graphical examples on a number of indicators, including the traditional GDP, social and environmental indicators, as well as more comprehensive indicators.

All indicators have been grouped into themes. Since most of the indicators depict progress in more than of the themes, they will be listed in multiple places.

  • Gross domestic product (GDP)

    The Gross Domestic Product is the sum of the market value of all final goods and services produced in a country in a given period. GDP per capita has traditionally been used to illustrate a country’s material standard of living, but today its usage is meeting increased criticism.
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  • Enlarged GDP

    Enlarged GDP indicators start from GDP but adjust for some of its limitations to deliver a more comprehensive overview of a country’s wealth or well-being.
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  • Social indicators

    Social indicators give insights into a broad range of social issues, concerns and trends such as life expectancy, poverty rates, unemployment rates, disposable income, and education levels, etc. They are also used to give insights into broader notions of social progress.
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  • Environmental indicators

    Environmental indicators cast light over the state and development of issues such as natural resources, environmental pollution and waste, as well as related issues such as human health.
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  • Well-being

    Well-being indicators are used to broadly illustrate people’s general satisfaction with life, or give a more nuanced picture of well-being in relation to their jobs, family life, health conditions, and standards of living.
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Further links to information about indicators and indicator activities are available under links